Rwanda reviews visa policy

Rwanda reviews visa policy

The Government of Rwanda has reviewed and updated its immigration visa regulations as provided by the law.

The New Visa will take effect from Nov. 1st 2014 as approved by the cabinet on 15th Oct. 2014.

Citizens from member countries of the East African Community (EAC) including Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will continue to be issued for six months visitors pass with no fees, according to a statement issued by the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.

However, the statement indicates that citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will continue getting visitors visas for a stay not exceeding 90 days with no fees as provided by the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL).

Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America shall get entry visa and pay visa fee at any Rwanda entry point without prior application with the entry fee of $30, valid for the period of 30 days.

Citizens of Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius and the Philippines will be able to enter Rwanda without visa for tourist activity for 90 days.

The move follows new updated visa regulations and policy that were adopted by the Rwandan government.

“Nationals of these countries may also choose to get visa at Rwanda Diplomatic Missions except the UN mission in New York as well as online.”

The new decision on visa policy and regulations for DRC nationals comes a few months after the Congolese authorities had instructed all Rwandan citizens to pay for visa in order to enter the DRC.

The initiative will make Rwanda the most preferred destination for tourists while mobilizing large foreign investments in the country.

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